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Free At Noon Flashback: Angus and Julia Stone play an intimate and engaging show at World Cafe Live

Angus & Julia Stone - Photo by: Kelsey Stanger
Angus & Julia Stone | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Today’s Free At Noon featured Australian folk rock duo Angus and Julia Stone. The two mosied on stage in front of a bubbly crowd and cut right to the chase, launching into their recent hit “A Heartbreak.” They played with candor, interweaving old gems and new ones alike. The performance featured cameo appearances of covers disguised in the Stones’ sound, including Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” as well as “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease. As the set came to it’s close, the two thanked the crowd with sincerity and trickled off stage, but not before Angus coolly gave the crowd a hang-loose shaka shake.

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Free At Noon Flashback: Down-to-earth songsters Kindness unleash funky jams

Photo by Brittany Salerno
Photo by Brittany Salerno

Kindness jammed out and wowed the crowd at today’s Free At Noon concert. Displaying amazing musicianship, the UK band showcased its recently released album Otherness as well as a few throwbacks like “Gee Up” and “House.” Speckled with jaw-dropping solos from collaborators on saxophone, drum, and guitar and framed with powerful backup vocals, the music was funky and fun. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sylvan Esso bring their eclectic vibes to World Cafe Live

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Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno

The creative collaboration that is Sylvan Esso had today’s crowd movin’ and groovin’ to their electropop songs, kicking off today’s Free At Noon double-header with pizzazz. Playing material from their self-titled debut, producer Nick Sanborn gave us eloquent, chimey beats and wobbly synthesizer lines, singer Amelia Meath performed eclectic dance moves and delivered alluring vocals. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: The Stray Birds preview Best Medicine at World Cafe Live

 

The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Stray Birds | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

The Stray Birds kicked off today’s double-header Free at Noon with their organic, room-filling folk sound. The Lancaster trio played songs off their new album, Best Medicine, which comes out this Tuesday on Yep Roc Records, and the group brought immense energy to the stage with a booming upright bass by Charles Muench, jangling guitar by Oliver Craven and spot-on classic Americana harmonies and all around. They whipped out some jaw-dropping solos as well, cheers bursting from the crowd as they would each come to an end. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kopecky Family Band got the crowd riled up for tonight’s Union Transfer show

Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Kopecky Family Band | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Nashville’s Kopecky Family Band played a solid set at today’s double-header Free At Noon concert with The Stray Birds. All six members of the Nashville band trickled on stage, got into position and launched into their trademark high-energy performance, quickly snatching the attention of the audience. Their energy was infectious as they played, with lead vocalist Kelsey Kopecky urging the crowd to sing along and multi-instrumentalist Markus Midkiff utilizing heavy tom drum hits and rim clicks, crafting a beat you couldn’t help but groove to. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Foxygen brings down the house

Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Foxygen | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Experimental San Francisco rockers Foxygen showed that they were a force to be reckoned with at today’s Free At Noon show. With a packed house, the group played with seemingly-endless energy throughout their set, featuring backup vocalists performing synchronized dances and lead singer Sam France thrashing about the stage to their loud, soulful sound. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: The humble Field Report plays a commanding show

Field Report | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Field Report | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Wisconsin folk outfit Field Report got a warm reception at today’s Free at Noon concert. Performing as a trio on this tour, the band opened with “Decision Day”, a song off their soon-to-be released Marigolden, and a tune hailed by Stereogum for it’s engaging, translucent nature. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: J Mascis brings out a crowd to World Cafe Live

J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
J Mascis | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Former Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis brought out a packed room of enthusiastic fans as the featured artist for today’s Free At Noon concert. Mixing some of his older stuff like “Get Me,” which was sure to bring a reaction out of the bubbly crowd, he mixed in selections from this year’s Tied To A Star, including gnarly guitar solos accented with heavy distortion. Continue reading →

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Watch The Stray Birds’ heartwarming tale of a record store owner in their “Best Medicine” video

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Photo via cmtedge.com

After meeting the owner of a used record store in upstate New York, Lancaster bluegrass folk trio The Stray Birds wrote the title track of their new album, Best Medicine. Singer Maya de Vitry’s soulful voice shares this person’s story in the verses, effortlessly connecting with bandmates Oliver Craven and Charles Muench for the harmonized refrain “Music is the best medicine I sell.” Continue reading →

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Fujiya & Miyagi deliver their sweet electronic sound to Free At Noon

Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Fujiya & Miyagi | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Today’s Free at Noon came from England to deliver a spectacular set of electronic tunes. Though you may have to say their name a few times to get the hang of it, Fujiya & Miyagi‘s simple lyrics and addictive beats only took seconds to reel in the audience at World Cafe Live. Members Steve Lewis, David Best, Matt Hainsby, and Lee Adams recently released their fifth studio album Artificial Sweeteners. Continue reading →